A Day of Rest

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Article by Deborah Lloyd, Reiki Master

When I was growing up, Sunday’s were truly a day of rest. Although we grew up on a busy farm, where there was always something needing attention, the tasks sat for another day. The only exceptions were feeding livestock and harvesting crops, when absolutely necessary. Otherwise, it was a day when we went to church in the morning. The afternoons were fun, whether it was visiting relatives or playing board games at home.

Sunday’s are different now. Most of us utilize the day to run errands, clean the house and catch up on everything else. I am not judging this change, but rather evaluating the need for a full day of rest.

There was much wisdom in setting aside one day every week to stop our regular routines and simply rest. Our minds, bodies, and spirits benefited from this break in the action. As Reiki practitioners, we know the benefits of relaxation and the resulting calmness that permeates our entire beings.

And, as Reiki practitioners, we should be role models, living lives of calmness and peace. How can we demonstrate to others that Reiki changes lives? It begins with a clear, definitive intention of bringing the highest good to our lives, as well as to the lives of others. This is calling in the blessings of love and light to the earth. The more we live in this awareness, the calmer we will become. When problems arise, and chaos occurs in our working and personal spaces, we can be the beacon of hope and composure. Soon, others will notice that our reactions are different than the typical reaction. They will ask us how we can remain so tranquil. We then have an opportunity to educate on the wonders of living Reiki.

A Day of Rest
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In order to evolve into peaceful beings, we must make time in our busy lives for Reiki self-treatments and quiet meditative practices, as well as fun and relaxation! This is no easy task in today’s world. Making a living and maintaining personal relationships, while staying calm, can seem almost impossible. But, when we make time for rest and fun, it actually becomes easier to meet the demands of modern life.

Understanding energy on a deeper level makes this possible. We cannot expend energy, over and over, without replenishing it on a regular basis. Rest and fun nourishes our own energy fields – not to mention the energy of the people closest to us. When your spouse or significant other comes home completely depleted, it is easy to pick up that energy and soon feel tired. In the same way, when you bring refreshed and renewed energy into your workplace and home, you positively affect the energies of others.

Remember the wisdom of the decades, established long before these modern, complicated days. If at all possible, take a full day of rest every week. If it is not possible, build in some blocks of time for rest and relaxation. You will be living a Reiki-filled, balanced life, and help to renew the energies of others.

Deborah Lloyd

Deborah Lloyd

Deborah Lloyd is a Usui and Karuna® Reiki Master and certified holistic therapy practitioner. She also is a licensed clinical social worker, working with a hospice agency in Asheville, NC. She grew up on a farm in rural Indiana and was stricken with polio at the age of three. To relieve fatigue from post-polio syndrome, she learned Reiki. This complementary technique led her to explore other alternative modalities. Her personal journey, along with life lessons learned along the way, is detailed in her book, Believe and it is True: A Story of Healing and Life Lessons. Reach Deborah at http://www.deblloydhealing.com/, deb@deblloydhealing.com and at Deb Lloyd Healing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deblloydhealing)

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